ATS GOLD BEACH
covers the British attack on Gold Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944.
It focuses on the actions of the 231st British brigade, which
provided the beach assault battalions at Jig beach; also included
is a scenario detailing the assault on King Green beach by the
6th Green Howards of the 69th Brigade.
La Hamel, June 6th 1944: WN-37, La Hamel was on the far right of Gold beach.
A frontal assault against the fortifications would prove costly
and probably fruitless, to the east the Germans had flooded the
area just inland of the dunes. "A" Company 1st Hampshires,
with Armour and Engineer support would land, secure the beach
and clear a path through the dunes, "B" company would
then pass through, advance inland, turn right and attack la Hamel
from the East. The landing did not go as planned. The supporting
artillery and air bombardment failed to suppress WN-37. The infantry
and half the breaching squadrons LCT were pushed the east and
landed well away from WN 37. Lastly all but two of the LCT carrying
the supporting Royal Marines Centaurs failed to arrive. Thus only
five LCT closed on the beach close to le Hamel at Zero, three
with the Breaching squadron's tanks and the supporting Royal Engineers
and two with the Royal Marines Centaurs. LCT 886, carrying I breaching
squadron closest to le Hamel was repeatedly hit and was disabled
with many casualties, it was thus unable to unload its tanks or
disembark its engineers. The remaining tanks became bogged down
on the beach or in the dunes, were knocked by AT fire or disabled
in the minefield. The Engineers only cleared of few of the beach
obstacles before they were forced to seek shelter in the dunes.
The landing had been a disaster, the attack on WN-37 was stalled.
Gold Beach sector stretched between the
fortified seaside villages of La Hamel in the West and LA Rivierier
in the East; in between on the coast were several other fortified
localities which guarded roads leading inland across the marshy
area immediately behind the beach. Immediately to the south of
the beach was lateral road which ran between the two fortified
villages, at some points this road ran alongside the sea front,
in other places it was several hundred yards inland. The various
strong-points (WN) along the beach were garrisoned by men from
the 716th and 352nd German Divisions.
THIS MODULE includes ALL the combat counters
you need to play. You get 5 sheets of color, die cut counters
in various sizes, 6 maps, color, 3-hole Special Rules that expand
on the OMAHA presenation (and are stand alone; there is no need
to own OMAHA), 12 scenarios, landing play aids, color folio and
more! REQUIRES OWNERSHIP OF THE ATS RULEBOOK 2014 and standard
system large and small markers.
NOTE: THIS IS A VERY LIMITED PRINT RUN and as long as you see the page you can purchase
your copy in advance. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.